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AB&J on whole-grain bread, cut into the shapes of hearts with a cookie cutter; clementine and strawberries; trail mix of walnuts, pistachios, pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries and chocolate chips. Photo by Lia Wolgemuth

Bento Boxes as a Way To Have Fun, and Make Healthy Food Enticing

Tucked away in my recipe box are a few yellowed, typewritten pages from my mother-in-law’s home economics class circa 1960. Knowing that I love food, she thought I might like these notes from a unit on garnishes.


Jenny Hansell  and her daughter Abbey at the top of Spruce Hill, at the end of BNRC’s Hoosac Range trail in North Adams, Mass. Selfie photo by Jenny Hansell

Finding Myself — And a Network of South County Trails

We are an indoors people, my family. A walk after a big Thanksgiving dinner was the extent of my childhood experiences outdoors with my parents. But they sent me to summer camp, where I learned to light fires and pitch tents. Raised in a big city, I loved being in the woods. 


Who will benefit from this colorful creation? Knitter and recipient alike. Photo by Hunter O. Lyle​

Keeping Your Own Hands And Heart Warm — and Those Of Others, Too — With Knitting

For the autumn knitter, there is nothing more magical than yarn — the scent of country as you breathe in fibers like wool or alpaca; the colors: rainbows wherever you look. Fingers itch to touch soft textures.


“Late March Nocturne” by Colleen McGuire, an oil on panel, is one of the works in the show “Five” at North Elm Home from Oct. 9. Photo submitted

The Fruits of a Summer of Thinking and Painting in ‘Five’

A show called “Five” and featuring the work of five accomplished female painters from the Tri-state region will be on display at the North Elm Home furnishings shop on Route 22 in Millerton, N.Y., until January. 


“Firelight” by Jeff Jacobson is a lamp made from antique car parts. It is part of a show called Lightness of Being that opens Oct. 9 in Torrington, Conn. Photo submitted​

The Lightness Of Being, in a Torrington Art Show

It all began with Gail (Jacobson, of Cornwall, Conn.) and Lori (Barker, of Goshen, Conn.), who both suffered from an overabundance of many things, including art supplies, tidbits found at tag sales, creative energy and talent. They met 25 years ago at an art show (Barker was showing and Jacobson was buying — on that particular day).


Four Sharon, Conn., nonprofits are teaming up to give tours of the historic Sharon burial ground in the center of town, photo above. At stops along the way, actors in character will share poems from Edgar Lee Masters’ “Spoon River Anthology” — which is set in a graveyard. Photo by Cynthia Hochswender​

What’s Hidden Below, in Cemetery Tour with ‘Spoon River’ Readings

It isn’t often that a book of poetry becomes a publishing sensation, but that’s what happened with Edgar Lee Masters and his “Spoon River Anthology” when it came out in 1915.


Jonathan Bee created a coronavirus particle out of jewels for his entry into the show Together in Isolation at the Re Institute in North East, N.Y. (Millerton). The outdoor show can be seen in the evening on Wednesdays and Fridays by appointment. Photo courtesy Re Institute

Out of the Darkness, Glimmers of Hope At RE Institute

The Re Institute in North East/Millerton, N.Y., has an ongoing outdoor showing of work by dozens of artist called Together in Isolation. 

“The show is laid out along a path that meanders around a pond and through farm fields, allowing the viewer to explore at their own pace and direction,” according to the Re Institute website.

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